47-042 Counseling? consulting?

 This elf, whose name is Aella, has been training to be a chef for quite some time in a big city far away from here.

 Her goal was to open her own restaurant, but even though she was able to improve her cooking skills through her training, she couldn't save up enough money to buy a restaurant.

 So, when he had a certain amount of money, he moved to the city of Laffan in the countryside and bought this restaurant.

 However, the building itself was not a restaurant, so it needed to be renovated before it could actually open for business, and he had meetings with carpenters at a nearby restaurant.

 This is where the self-proclaimed "consultant," the source of all this, comes in.
 This person, who was apparently listening to the meeting at a table beside him, suddenly entered the conversation and started to give Mr. Aera a hard time.

 He talked a lot about how things should be done this way, that way, and that way, and made up the current plan for the restaurant.

 Normally, I would not have listened to someone who suddenly interrupted my conversation, but for some reason, it seemed like a great plan at the time, and Mr. Aera did as he was told, even though it was far beyond his original budget.

 After that, the self-proclaimed consultant received a small amount of money from Ms. Aera under the name of "consultant fee" and disappeared.

 After a while, Ms. Aella calmed down and became pale because she had spent more money than she had expected, but there was nothing she could do now that she had already placed the order.

 She had no choice but to open the store three days before it was completed, but it was completely deserted.

 It seems that I was the first customer who came to the shop when it was almost in despair because there were no customers at all.

...... I did spend too much money, but I thought my cooking skills could handle it. But when I actually started the business, there were no customers at all. ....... What's wrong with me?

 A small puddle of water had formed in front of Aella's face as she turned her head down, as if she couldn't take it anymore.

 Her ears were hanging down and she was trembling, which made me want to protect her.

 It would be a devilish animal to say, "I've heard all you have to say, so if you'll excuse me now," here.

 And since I am not a devil, I will twist my brain.

 I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what's going on in your life.

 I'm not sure what to make of it.
 The interior of the store is, in a way, 'normal'.
 I'm not sure what to make of it.

 --Isn't there a classmate involved in this?

 I feel like this is what would happen if a person with some skills that make people listen to them planned it with layman's knowledge and without any consideration for the common sense of this world.

 The food is good, the prices are low, and the exterior and interior are beautiful.
 Moreover, the location itself is not bad, as many people commuting to the nearby government facilities pass by in front of the restaurant.

 If you do well, you can capture the demand for lunch.
 In the original world, the situation would be prosperous enough.

 However, this is a different world. There is no way that the common sense of the original world will work.

 To be honest, we don't have enough time to help others, but I feel guilty about Aella's current situation when I think that her classmates might be involved.

 I'm not responsible for any of this myself, but we're from the same country.

 It's the same way that I feel sorry when I hear news of Japanese people who have done something stupid and caused trouble abroad.
 Fortunately, I seem to have plenty of time to spare. .......

"Okay. Aera-san, if it's okay with you, I can help you a little.
What? But ...... I don't have any more money and I can't ...... pay you back.

 I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it's a good idea.

I'm sure you can get by with very little money.
"Are you sure?

 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea.

I'm sure you'll agree. You don't need to worry about thanking me. It's hard to wake up when you're abandoning your own kind.

 I'm sure you'll be thrilled when a cute elf comes on to you.
 You're not immune.
 I'm not sure if Haruka is a separate ...... category. I'm not sure.

I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.
Yes, yes! I'll be waiting for you! I'm waiting for you! Please, please take care of me!

 And so I left the store, promising to come back to Aella's desperately bowing head.

    I'll be back.

That's what happened.

 At dinner time back at the inn, I told them what had happened today, and they all nodded and listened, until Haruka said something.

"So Nao has been picking up girls, right?
No, you didn't. No, that was a good story about helping someone in need, wasn't it?

 What the hell were you listening to?
 I don't understand.

So you have no ulterior motive at all?
...... Of course.
「「「「 guilty」」」」

 Everyone's voice was in sync.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I'm not sure what to make of it. I've never met a local elf before. But I didn't have any ulterior motives, you know? It's not like that, right?

"Nao, that's enough! It's okay! It's okay to end it now! --You're just digging a grave.

 You're just digging a grave," he said, putting his hand on my shoulder as I hurriedly put my words together.
 It's not like I'm digging a grave or anything, okay?
 I really just wanted to make acquaintances, you know?


 What? Haruka-san, why is your voice so cold?
 It's a misunderstanding!

 However, he moved his chin as if to tell me to hurry up, so I gave up my excuse - or detailed explanation.

I'd like to see someone from the women's side of the family come to the party as well, since I might have a biased opinion.
"...... Yeah, that's not a bad idea. I'm a little busy, Yuki and Natsuki, can you help me?

 I don't know why. I don't know why. ...... Well, okay.

 I have a rough idea of how to make the backpack, so I can finish it after dinner.
 The rest of the work is just to complete the paper pattern and go to Diora to teach her, so Haruka can do it alone.

I don't mind. I'm interested in coffee shops and loli elves.

I'll do the same. I'm also interested in coffee shops and loli elves. - I'm the same way. If my classmates are causing trouble, I'd like to help them somehow.

Oh, thank you, both of you. Thank you, both of you. I was hoping to get a woman's perspective, so this helps a lot.

 I had a few concerns and suggestions for improvement, but having two people with the same level of knowledge - or even more than me - was quite reassuring.

I should be able to get it done in a couple of days, so that should be no problem for you.
I'll do my best to make ...... work.

 It will be difficult to improve the situation immediately, but it will be a blessing if we can get to the beginning of it.
 Even if you don't make a profit, you will be able to improve your business over a long period of time if you don't go into the red.

Yes. We have our own business to take care of. What did you do today, Toya?
Me? I was working on Tommy. I was worried about him.
Tommy, you mean Wakabayashi, right? He's a dwarf now, isn't he?
Yeah. Well, if you're working so hard, I thought I could help you out.

 Toya, you're very good with him.
 He's not a bad guy, so I'm not opposed to helping him out if he can afford it. .......

What can I do to help?

I'm not going to say that I'm a bad guy, but I'm not opposed to helping him if I can afford to. If he can become a blacksmith, I think he will be successful. Of course, you'll need to learn the common sense of this world and all that. The question is whether or not you can get an apprenticeship, but the guy we're taking care of, Gantz-san, is there?

"Yeah, the usual arms dealer.

 Gantz-san, the arms dealer, who has been taking care of us since we first bought Toya's wooden sword.
 He seems unsociable at first glance, but once you get to know him, he's quite a nice guy.

I was wondering if I could introduce him to Mr. Gantz, if he's still working diligently.
How did it go?

"He's been working hard. You've got the muscle, and he seems to be counting on you, but it's only been three days, so we'll see how you do for another day or so.

"Hmm, you seemed kind of unreliable, I wonder if you're ready for this?

 It seems that he had an image of a production worker in an MMO.

 In reality, there are no forges that anyone can use, and there are no handy tools like portable blacksmithing sets - well, I don't know if there are, but at least they're not easy to come by.

 And first of all, the world of craftsmanship is not so easy that an unknown person can easily become an apprentice.

It's true that we've done some shopping and talking, but will Gantz-san allow us to become his apprentices?

It may be difficult, but I do have an idea of how to play the trump card, if not the ...... trump card.
"I know what you mean about ....... So what is it?
"That's ...... if it works, let's say. It's embarrassing if it doesn't.

I'm okay with that, but don't let Tommy get in trouble, okay? He has to work for a living.
I know. I'll be careful.

 Well, I'm pretty worried about that card, but I'll give it up.

So, tomorrow, I'll be in charge of the backpack, you'll be in charge of Tommy, and the other three of us will be in charge of the loli elves, right?

I'm going to have to object to the loli elves, but I guess that's it.
Yeah, no thanks. Well, we'll see you tomorrow. Thanks for the food.
"Thanks for the food.

 My request was smoothly rejected, and we all finished our meal together.